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Iowa fishing report 5-21-09

May 21, 2009 at 02:08 PM

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake
Some pan fish and catfish are being taken.  Fishing is slow.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Fishing is starting to pick up.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching medium-size (7 inch) fish.  Crappie - Slow: A few 8.5 inch crappie have been taken.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has slowed.  Shore anglers are beginning to catch a few panfish.

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has been improving as the weather warms.  Crappie - Fair: Some 9 - 10 in fish have been caught on small twister.

Brushy Creek Lake
Cold fronts that pass through the area are slowing the fishing down.  Many nice bluegill, crappie and a few walleye have been caught.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting on a small worm on a plain hook.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching some fish on small minnows.  Walleye - Slow: A few nice walleye have been caught on leeches.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing is starting to pick up.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be released.  White Bass - Slow:  Crappie - Fair: People are catching some 8 to 10 inch crappies in marina.  Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or piece of night crawler; some people are using a bobber.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are having best luck while trolling slowly with Shad Raps.  Good colors are:  clown, wonder bread, hot steel, purple haze and tiger.  Live bait has picked up under a bobber.

North Twin Lake
Fishing is improving.  People are starting to be successful catching several species of pan fish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been having good luck using night crawlers or liver.  Most fish are 1 to 2 pounds.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are having best luck with small jigs tipped with a piece of night crawler.  Crappie - Slow: Small to medium sized crappie are starting to bite on small jigs.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass are being caught small jigs and a piece of night crawler.

Swan Lake
Fishing has been improving.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some small bluegill; use small jigs tipped with a piece of night crawler or wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching some small (6 - 7 inch) fish.  Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or piece of night crawler.

Black Hawk Lake
Fishing is improving.  Anglers are catching a few more catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having good luck using various baits.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are having good luck casting leeches.

Browns Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Arrowhead Lake
Fishing is improving.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching some bluegill using small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small piece of night crawler.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 Bridge near Auburn)
Fishing has slowed down.  Channel Catfish - Good: Various bait have been successful.

Fishing is improving, especially on warm, sunny days. For more information about these lakes and rivers call Lannie Miller (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is still good but the fish are getting finicky. Try using small jigs tipped with bait.  Channel Catfish - Good: A few catfish are being caught with night crawlers fished on the bottom at the Ventura grade and McIntosh State Park shoreline.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few walleyes while fishing on the reefs for yellow bass using live bait.  A few walleyes are also being caught on crankbaits trolling the north shore by the pump house and in the little lake.  Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good.  Try using small jigs tipped with a piece of night crawler or minnow or a jig and twister tail combo.  Billy’s Reef, Dodges Point, the island, and the McIntosh sandbar have all been producing fish.  Mornings and evenings are best but they will continue to bite throughout the day.  The fishing club dock on the north side and the public docks on the east shoreline have also been good for yellow bass. 

Lake Cornelia
Bullhead fishing is good.

Rice Lake
Bullhead fishing is good

Silver Lake (Worth)
Yellow perch and bullhead fishing is good.  Bullheads are biting on night crawlers fished off the bottom.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.

Lake Pahoja
Crappie - Slow: Fish at the pier using small jigs or a bobber and minnow has slowed.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Largemouth Bass - Good: Use crankbaits, spinner baits, or rattle baits along shorelines with cover.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Use night crawlers on the bottom at Templar Lagoon.  Northern Pike - Good: Use white twister tails or jerk baits from Big Stoney Point east towards the Hales Slough, Fish Trap and north towards the Sand Bar.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits or blade baits along rock reefs at Little and Big Stoney points.  Walleye - Good: Troll or drift with a Lindy rig along rock reefs in the evenings or anchor on the edges of rock bars and jig a leadhead tipped with a shiner.  Use a twister tail and lead head at the Footbridge and Little Spirit Outlet at sunset.  Fish are also being caught off docks using a lighted slip bobber and leech or a jig and shiner at night.

Center Lake
Bullhead - Good:  Fish in the southwest corner of the lake near the culvert with worms.

East Okoboji Lake
White Bass - Fair: Fish at the Highway 9 Bridge at sunset or at the spillway near the fish hatchery with a lead head and shiner.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms at the Trestle or at the fishing pier along Highway 9 with small micro jigs.  Walleye - Good: Drift or troll in the Parks Marina and Stoney Point areas with Lindy rigs baited with night crawlers, leeches or minnows.  Fish from shore at the Highway 9 bridge using a lead head and shiner at sunset.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish at the spillway and wind blown shorelines with a small jig tipped with a minnow or shiner.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use ice jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics and pitch to boat docks.  Walleye - Good: Fish at the Sawmill Bridge at sunset with a jig and minnow or split shot and leech drifted below the bridge.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Excellent: Use a jig and minnow at sunset.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig and minnow, twister tail, or crankbaits in the evenings.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Use white spinner baits or jerk baits in Miller’s and North Bay along remaining weed beds.  Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the docks at Triboji or along docks and downed trees in Turtle Lake.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use jerk baits or soft plastics along boat docks in the bays.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait fished on the bottom or while drifting on the north end of the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use jig and minnow, twister tail, or small crankbaits after sunset.

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish the west shore near the inlet with worms on the bottom.

Upper Gar Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along boat docks.  Crappie - Good: Use small jigs along boat docks.

Tuttle Lake
Crappie - Good: Use small jigs or a minnow and bobber at the inlet.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait in deep holes with brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught while fishing for catfish.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use minnows or chubs around brush piles.

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds
Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnows fished on the bottom close to deep water.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish along shorelines and cover with small jigs.  Crappie - Good: Fish along shorelines with cover using small jigs or a small bobber and minnow.

For more fishing report information on Spirit Lake area rivers and lakes call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.76 feet and is forecast to slowly fall over the next week.  Water clarity has improved.  Water temperatures are in the mid 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish being caught in the shallows in backwaters and in side channels.  Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in marinas or backwaters around structure.  Fish a wax worm on small jigs under a bobber.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few reports of smallmouth starting to bite.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Reports of bass being caught just about everywhere: in backwaters and side channels around woody structure and/or rock and rocky shorelines along the main channel.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are starting to be caught in the marinas around docks on minnows or jigs under bobbers.  Also try backwaters around snags and stumps.  Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught on the wind dams and flats on three way rigs tipped with night crawlers, leeches, or minnows or crankbaits.  Larger fish are coming on crankbaits.  Reports of a lot of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot and fish under 15 inches, as well.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish night crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 6.74 feet and slowly falling.  Water clarity is fair and improving.  Water temperature is in the mid 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite along rip rapped shorelines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines or below the dam in Bellevue.  Spinner baits and soft plastics in the backwaters have also been producing.  Crappie - Good: A few crappie are being caught in Brown’s Lake, Spring Lake, and South and Middle Sabula Lakes.  Fish are biting on minnows or jigs under a stick bobber.  Walleye - Good: A few fish are being caught on wing dams.  They are biting on a wide variety of baits.  Three way rigs tipped with worms, night crawlers, or leeches are producing, as well as crankbaits.  Larger fish are coming on cranks.  Good numbers of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot reported.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.  There is good shoreline access at Pleasant Creek Recreation Area south of Bellevue.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 10.59 feet and slowly falling.  Water temperature is in the mid 60s and water clarity is fair and improving.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing has been slow, but they are starting to pick up a few fish along rocky shorelines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish crankbaits along rocky shorelines or fish spinner baits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  Crappie - Slow: Reports of a few fish in the Rock Creek area.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have moved onto and are starting to bite on the wing dams.  Jigs and crankbaits have been producing, along with three way rigs tipped with live bait.

Mississippi River Pool 15
No reports received from Pool 15.

For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.

Mississippi River Pool 9
Northern Pike - Excellent: Many pike are being reported.  Some pike reported from the Village Creek Boat ramp and up in Minnesota Slough by New Albin.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouths have been small but plentiful.  Catching them on spinners and small jigs along rock piles.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Many sizable largemouths are being reported.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are being caught on wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Anglers using a simple worm and sliding egg sinker in current areas for best results.  Try Minnesota Slough or lower shore slough.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Northern Pike - Good: Anglers still catching fish in various spots using large flashy spinners and spoons.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Good: Some good catches of fish in the backwaters on jig and night crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Catching fish in the Harpers Spillway tube and tailwaters.  Also try Mud Hen and Joyce Lake.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow for a while but this is our first decent report of at least some being taken.  Sauger - Slow: Some sauger are being caught in the tailwater drifting a night crawler.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Tailwaters Northern Pike - Excellent: A few incidental walleyes are being caught on jigs and minnow in larger sloughs.  Walleye are starting to bite on wing dams also using three way rigs with minnows.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish can be caught along rocky shorelines using night crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads have moved into current areas near tailwaters.  White Bass - Good: A lot of white bass being caught on small spinners and jigs on the Wisconsin side of the dam.  Many small fish but some nice sized. Fish are also being caught on the Iowa side.  Bluegill - Fair: Catching some bluegills on bobbers and worms in various locations.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing near the dam and in the spillway. Other rocky shorelines are also producing some fish.  Anglers using jigs and spinners near rock. Sauger - Slow: A few small sauger are still being caught in tailwaters.  Walleye - Fair: A few incidental walleyes are being caught on jigs and minnow in larger sloughs.  Walleye are starting to bite on wing dams also using three way rigs with minnows.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Anglers are using a simple hook baited with a night crawler and an egg sinker for weight.

River gauges: Lansing- 8.2;  Lynxville- 14.6;  Guttenberg- 6.3.  Water temperature at Guttenberg is 64 degrees.  Water is slightly stained from last week’s rain but is clearing up.  The water levels in pools 9-11 steady to falling.  Gates are in operation at Lynxville and Guttenberg.  Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Crappie fishing continues to be fair and bluegill fishing is warming along with water temperatures.  A few nice catfish have been caught using dead baits and live baits.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Big Woods Lake
Big Woods continues to provide good action for crappie.  Some sorting is necessary for keeper fish, but the action is steady.  Most small baits will work for crappie, with the best reports coming from folks using small tube jigs and live minnows.  Crappie - Good: Most small baits will work for crappie, with the best reports coming from folks using small tube jigs and live minnows.

South Prairie Lake
South Prairie is good for crappie and bluegill near shore using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.  South Prairie is a family friendly lake and a good spot to take the kids fishing.  Bluegill - Good: using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Saints Lake remains good for crappie on jigs and minnows.  Fish size is running small, but the action is steady.  Crappie - Good:

Plainfield
Fishing is fair for quality-sized bluegill and we expect the action to warm up along with water temperatures as bluegill move shallow for spawning.  Try using a sinking fly in shallow areas, or a slip bobber with a small piece of worm in deeper water.  Bluegill - Fair:

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar has been on a steady drop for the past week and conditions are improving daily.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are being caught on dead and live baits.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon remains moderately-high and is on a steady drop.  River conditions are fishable.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa is in excellent condition for fishing.  Smallmouth Bass - Good:

Crappie fishing has remained good due to recent spawning activities in area lakes. Rivers conditions are still favorable with anglers catching channel catfish and smallmouth bass, walleye fishing has slowed because of current post spawn conditions. Please contact the Manchester District Office for any further information at (563) 927-3276.

SOUTHEAST

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 8.13 feet. River stage is forecast to fall throughout the weekend.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on leeches and dead minnows fished around wing dams. Some channel catfish are also being caught along the Moline River front (pool 15).  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough and on the wing dams on in-line spinners or casting jigs and minnows.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good in Sunset Marina on small worms and minnows.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few largemouth bass are being caught in Sunset Marina on crankbaits and spinner baits. They are also being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Larger crappies are being caught in deeper water off brush piles while smaller fish are being caught up shallow. Crappies are also being caught in Sunset Marina fishing minnows under bobbers around the public docks.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.17 feet and forecast to fall throughout the weekend. The ramp at Big Timber is open. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and farm ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters floating minnows under a bobber. Areas to try are Big Timber and Eagle Fill.  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 9.79 feet and forecast to fall over the weekend.    Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being caught in the side channels on jigs and twisters with a minnow.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on small worms.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 6.84 feet and falling. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been falling steadily over the past few days. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend.  For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Lake Geode
Water conditions are good.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching some nice bluegills in the bays on the sunny days.  I would expect the males to be moving in shallow soon to start setting up territories.  Crappie - Good: Look for the crappies to still be in shallow (3-4 feet deep)

Lake Belva Deer
The road crews are making good progress on the road project but it is still a work in progress.  This year they are preparing the road bed and the paving will occur next year after the road bed has had a winter to settle.  The surface will remain gravel this year.  Bluegill - Good: While they are not nesting yet, they are in shallow to take advantage of the abundant insect life that is attracted to the warmer water. The water remains clear and the fish are very spooky.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are still catching some nice crappies in the spawning areas

Pollmiller Park Lake
The lake received heavy (5+ inches) late last week. Despite that, the water conditions are not too bad.  Bluegill - Fair: The fish are near shore in the calm areas.  Using pieces of worms or wax worms under a bobber is still the bait of choice.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Good numbers of bass are being caught near structure close to the shore.  Plastic baits and top-water baits are being used.  Crappie - Slow:

Lake of the Hills
A more stable weather pattern this week has improved the fishing and brought the anglers out.  Rainbow Trout - Slow: Trout fishing continues to be hit or miss. Try spinners or worms along the face of the dam.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in shallow all along the shoreline floating a worm.  Go to the back of the coves.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Spinner baits and plastic/jigs are having success around the habitat.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught on minnows or small jigs. Fish around brush piles and the fishing dock.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained. Although recent heavy rains have made it appear otherwise.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level is dropping very quickly.  It is reaching its “average” level for this time of year.  Not much fishing activity lately because of last week’s very heavy rains.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The water level is dropping fairly fast.  Because of the recent high water there hasn’t been much activity on the river lately.

For more information on the above lakes call us at the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.

Hannen Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Bluegill - Fair: Some nicer bluegills are being caught on small jigs or worms. Try shallow flats or brush.

Iowa Lake
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are starting to move in shallow for the upcoming spawn. Fish around shallow structure with a small jig or worm.  Crappie - Good: Some catches of 8-9 inch crappies are being reported. Fish around shallow brush/rock or in and around the stake beds.  Redear Sunfish - No Report: Our electro-fishing survey showed good numbers of redears moving into the shallow flats, although no catches have been reported.

Kent Park Lake
Anglers are catching fish in some of their ponds as well.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up around shallow brush.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are also cruising in the shallows in preparation for the spawn. Crankbaits and soft plastics have been producing best.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being picked up around the brush piles on jigs or minnows.

Lake Macbride
Last week’s cold nights slowed the bite and pushed some crappies off the bank. However, with the recent warm weather, surface temps are back in the mid 60s and fish are moving back in.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are moving up to find nesting spots for the spawn. Fish shallow with fast moving baits to trigger a reaction bite, or fish slowly with plastics for bedding fish.  Crappie - Excellent: Spawning fish can be found on many shallow rock banks. The best banks contain brush. Cast small jigs with or without minnows around the structure.

Pleasant Creek Lake
White Bass - Fair: Some white bass have been picked along the dam on crankbaits.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up on small worms around rock and brush.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try a variety of artificials and even night crawlers around the jetties, dam, and brush. Remember, largemouth have to be 18 inches to keep.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Crappie - Good: MANY small crappies (6-7 inch) are being caught in the shallows. Some 9 inch crappies are being caught as well.

Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are showing up in the fish cleaning station, so some are being caught.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice sized bluegill are being caught. Look for them around downed trees and spawning flats.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: The yellow bass bite has been good, however, size is marginal. Expect many 6-8 inch fish with some larger ones possible. Use jigs or spinners around shallow rock for best results.

Union Grove Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Coralville Reservoir
The reservoir is projected to fall about 3 feet in the next week. Water clarity has been decent. No catches have been reported.

Most lakes have water temperature in the low to mid 60s. This has resulted in crappies up shallow spawning, and bass/bluegill moving up in preparation for their spawn. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008.  Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut and the lake is re-filling.

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Night crawlers have been the best bait for catching channel catfish.  Bluegill - Good: Small jigs have been catching fish along with a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  The best areas have been along the shorelines and around submerged structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  As water temperature continues to rise, try crankbaits and spinner baits.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have been hitting on small jigs fished around structure along the shoreline.

Lake Keomah
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs fished along the shoreline.  Look for areas with structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure.  Also try areas with rocks.

Albia (lower)
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines.  Most fish have been running between 7-8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use soft plastic baits or spinner baits along the shorelines.

Lake Miami
The lake drawdown started May 15.  Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps will be usable.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinner baits around structure for the most action.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations around structure.

Lake Sugema
With last week’s rains the lake has come up about 3 feet.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics around weed lines and other structure.  Try using spinner baits and top-waters as the water temperature rises.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm.  Try different colors and locations until you find active fish.  Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with a minnow along the rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the lower 60s.  The lake level is currently at 909.59 which is almost six feet above normal pool.  County Road J5T is now open going across the dam.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish in the coves and bays.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught using small jigs tipped with a minnow fished around areas with structure in 10-12 feet of water.  Crappies are also being caught around flooded vegetation along the shoreline.  Fishing has been better in the afternoons as the surface water temperature rises.

Rathbun District Farm Ponds
Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in area farm ponds.  Largemouth bass are also being caught.  Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.

For further fishing reports in southeast Iowa, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are beginning to spawn and are being caught shallow using night crawlers under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Crappies moved deeper during the cooler weather, but the warm weather this week is bringing them back in.  They are being caught best using minnows under a bobber.  The fish are around 10 to 11 inches.

Beaver Lake
No fishing information reported for this location.

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught with cut bait and night crawlers.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing is good on jigs tipped with minnows.  The rains may slow the bite, but if the weather remains warm they should move back in quickly. 

Roberts Creek Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Big Creek Lake
White Bass - Good: White bass are biting well below the Big Creek spillway fishing small jigs, minnows, and spinners.  Bluegill - Good: Spawning bluegill bite is starting pick up using small pieces of night crawler under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: The crappies moved deeper with the cooler weather over the weekend, but the much warmer weather this week is moving them back into the shallows.  Minnows under a bobber fished near shallow wood in the bays are producing the most fish.  The crappies are 9 to 11 inches.

Easter Lake
Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are being caught using pieces of night crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass bite is good fishing near woody structure.  Walleye - Good: Walleye anglers are successful right now using chartreuse twisters.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are beginning to be caught in shallow water using night crawlers under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Crappies moved deeper with the cool weather over the weekend.  The warmer weather this week should bring crappies back in to spawn.  Use small tube jigs, or minnows under a bobber.  The best locations are anywhere there is wood or rock riprap in shallow water.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Excellent: Good sized bluegills are being caught using night crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing is good using weed less rigs in the curly leaf beds.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has started to pick up in shallow water near wood structure using small tube jigs or minnows under a bobber.

Red Rock Reservoir
Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing is good in the Marina and below bridges.  Fish are good sized at 12 to 14 inches.

Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait or night crawlers.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are moving and some nice sized fish have been caught below the Fraser dam.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Des Moines River below Red Rock.  White Bass - Good: Good numbers of white bass are being caught using jigs with live bait, small spinners, or casting spoons.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught below the spillway using minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught using jig tipped with minnows or night crawlers.

Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake
Lake is full and good water clarity.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good around jetties and corners of the dam casting worms under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching largemouth bass casting plastic baits in the cedar tree piles.

DeSoto Bend
Lake is full.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching largemouth casting spinner baits around shoreline structure.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleye up to 22 inches drifting night crawlers around the outside bend of the lake. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit.

East Nishnabotna
Water is above base flow and moderately turbid.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on cut bait as river was rising below the Highway 48 Bridge west of Elliott.


Nodaway Lake
Lake is full with good water clarity. Water temperature on May 18 was 63 degrees.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are just moving in to spawn and can be caught casting small jigs or with night crawlers. Average size is 7.5 inches.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are spawning where ever there is rock on the shoreline. Cast small jigs or twister tails close to shore. Average size is 9 inches.

Lake Anita
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are actively feeding and are being caught around rocky shorelines and cedar tree piles.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are in close to shore and are readily caught casting small jigs. Fish range from 8-9 inches.

Lake Manawa
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch channel catfish up to 5lbs on dip bait.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught on the west side of lake and around Boy Scout Island using red and white tube jigs. Sorting is necessary.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are still being caught on the west and south side of lake drifting night crawlers. Fish in the 20 inch range are common.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Crappie fishing has slowed in the larger ponds but bluegills are now on shore spawning.  Bluegill - Good: Male bluegills aggressively guard nest during the spawn. Look for saucer shaped depressions sometimes called “elephant tracks” and cast small jigs or night crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are readily caught casting spinner baits or plastics along weed edges and structure of any kind.

Water temperature has reached the point where we are at the tail end of the crappie spawn and bluegills are starting to move in to spawn. Memorial Day weekend should be a great weekend to catch bluegills in area lakes. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Southwest District Office for more information on area lakes at 712-769-2587.

Prairie Rose Lake
The fishing at Prairie Rose has switched from crappies to bluegills.  Over the past weekend anglers caught a lot of bluegills on wax worms or small pieces of night crawlers fished close to shore.  Channel Catfish - Slow: The catfishing has not picked up at Prairie Rose to date.  Bluegill - Good: Over the past weekend anglers caught a lot of bluegills on wax worms or small pieces of night crawlers fished close to shore.  The bluegills in Prairie Rose run 6 1/2 to 7 inches.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are still being caught near shore but for the most part they have moved out.  The crappies at Prairie Rose run 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches.

Water temperature has reached the point where we are at the tail end of the crappie spawn and bluegills are starting to move in to spawn.  Memorial Day weekend should be a great weekend to catch bluegills in area lakes.  Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Southwest District Office for more information on area lakes at 712-769-2587.

Binder Lake
Water quality is good and some rooted vegetation is growing in the bays.  Largemouth bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized largemouth can be caught near shore.  Crappie - Good: A few nice sized crappies have been caught from the dam on white jigs.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  The far upper end is a little cloudy.  Bullhead - Excellent: A lot of real nice fish can be caught from shore just about anywhere in the lake on night crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several mid-sized fish have been caught near-shore and from the fish mounds.  Crappie - Good: Several fish can be picked up off shore in 5 to 7 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Several fish are still being caught from the mounds and big points.  Night crawlers and leeches are showing a lot of success.  Some walleye are being caught by crappie anglers on jigs.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish can be caught from near-shore structure.  Crappie - Excellent: Fishing is excellent along the dam for 7.5 to 8.5 inch crappie.

Little River Watershed Lake
The lake is murky but a few fish are still biting.  Walleye - Slow: Some small walleye are biting on crankbaits. 

Nine Eagles Lake
Water quality is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few 2 pound fish have been caught on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish of all sizes can be caught from the shallow coves or from the dam.  Crappie - Fair: A few nice fish have been caught from the rocks of the dam.

Slip Bluff Lake
Water quality is fair.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish can be caught from the shore near the south access of the lake.

Badger Creek Lake
Panfish angling is getting better and anglers are using the west road and jetties.  Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill angling success has been found around the jetties and nearby coves.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of fish are along shore on spinners and shallow diving crankbaits.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies of all sizes are being caught from the shallow rocky areas.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good and fish of all species are biting.  Bluegill - Good: A few fish are starting to bite along the west shore and from the backs of the coves.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are near-shore and can be caught on spinners.  Crappie - Excellent: The rocks of the dam are holding some 8 to 10 inch crappie.  White jigs work well but the clear water is making the fish a little shy.

East Lake (Lenox)
Water quality is fair but the shallow coves are producing fish.  Crappie - Fair: Several fish have been caught from the southeast shore and along the dam.

Lake of Three Fires
Water quality is fair and the fishing has changed over the past week.  Crappies are biting slower and the bluegills are biting better.  Water clarity is about 2 feet.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of real nice fish have been caught using night crawlers from shore just about anywhere around the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Several real nice fish have been caught using night crawlers over the fish mounds or near the dam.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish have been caught from the near-shore structure.  Crappie - Fair: A few 8 to 11 inch fish are still being caught from the fish mounds or off the dam.  The bite has slowed since last weekend’s heavy rain.

Windmill Lake
Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Good: Several nice fish can be picked up near shore and from around the jetty.  Crappie - Fair: Some nice fish can be caught from the dam.  They are a little finicky but worth the effort.

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered for construction projects and water quality improvements to be completed.

Three Mile Lake
Most fish species present in the lake are biting.  Water quality is good and water levels are normal.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill are starting to bite on night crawlers near shore and from the coves.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are biting near-shore on spinners and crank baits.  Crappie - Fair: Fish of all sizes are being caught from the near-shore rocky areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are still being caught from steep shoreline areas.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Small crankbaits have been working fairly well on wipers.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of nice slicks can be caught using night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of nice fish have been picked up using night crawlers from the near shore areas just about anywhere around the lake.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish can be caught near-shore.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are still biting from the big open points.

The crappie angling is slowing a bit but the bluegills are starting to bit better.  Several other species are biting well at most lakes.  Water temps are usually in the mid to upper 60s and water quality at most lakes is good.

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